Englewood STEM High School IT Infrastructure

Part of Chicago’s First African American Design-Build Team for New Science & Technology High School


Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the Public Building Commission (PBC) kicked-off the 2019-2020 school year with the opening of a new $85 million neighborhood school in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s south side to replace four schools that had struggled with low enrollment and poor performance.

The new Englewood Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) High School replaces Robeson, Hope, Harper and TEAM Englewood high schools, which, according to CPS, had seen a 70% to 85% decline in enrollment over the last 10 years with about 90% of students attending schools outside the neighborhood. Enrollment was so low that students were offered only the basic minimum classes and did not have access to advanced placement courses, sports and other extracurricular activities that make up a rich high school experience.

Englewood STEM High School offers better academics, improved facilities and more opportunities for students. The three-story building is decorated with pastel-colored hallways and flowing murals and features an outdoor sports facility and a school-based medical center designed to prepare students for high-demand careers in science and technology while also serving the community. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in experiential learning through mentoring programs and internships with community partners and earn college credits through a partnership with Kennedy-King College. The new classrooms were designed as world-class multipurpose educational spaces to allow students to focus on STEM courses.

PBC selected Level-1 as the school’s IT provider as part of Chicago’s first ever majority African American design-build team that included Ujamaa/Power JV, Moody Nolan Architects, Brook Architecture and McKissak & McKissak.

Level-1 worked closely with the design-build team to design and implement a low voltage telecommunications infrastructure and smart building technology solutions, including integrated communications (i.e. voice, data, video, audio/visual), security and building automation systems. As Chicago’s leading technology systems integrator and designer, Level-1 is proud to help State and local government investments succeed at improving lives and fostering healthy, sustainable communities for the future.

On a personal note: It was a privilege to have been the founding member of the first ever in the history of the City of Chicago majority African American led design build team that built this $85,000,000 S.T.E.M. Chicago Public High School, first in Englewood since the 1970's. Congratulations goes to Jimmy Akintonde of the Ujamaa/Power JV along with Renauld Mitchell of Moody Nolan Architects, Ramona Westbrook of Brook Architecture, Hansel Whiteurst of McKissak & McKissak and of course Thomas D McElroy II of Level-(1) Global Solutions, LLC